Coordination Polymers and MOFs
There is no consensus in the scientific literature about the definitions of the terms coordination polymer and metal-organic framework. Some authors suggest definitions based on chemical bonding others propose that the terms coordination polymer and metal-organic framework are synonyms. An IUPAC project was initiated in 2009 to address the terminology issues in this area and will deliver its final report in 2012. A progress report has been published and provisional recommendations under review can be found here.
|Dimensionality of Inorganic|
|Dimensionality of Organic||0||1||2||3|
|0||Molecular Complexes||Hybrid Inorganic Chains||Hybrid Inorganic Layers||3-D Inorganic Hybrids|
|1||Chain Coordination Polymers||Mixed Inorganic-Organic Layers||Mixed Inorganic-Organic 3-D Framework|
|2||Layered Coordination Polymer||Mixed Inorganic-Organic 3-D Framework|
|3||3-D Coordination Polymers|
Describing and organizing the complex structures of MOFs can be difficult and confusing. Recently, a system of nomenclature has been developed to fill this need. Inorganic sections of a MOF, called secondary building units (SBU), can be described by topologies common to several structures. Each topology, also called a net, is assigned a symbol, consisting of three lower-case letters in bold. MOF-5, for example, has a pcu net. The database of net structures can be found at the Reticular Chemistry Structure Resource.
Read more about this topic: Metal-organic Framework